GMail adds RSS feeds…

Google decided to add RSS feeds to their GMail service a couple of days ago, which appeared to be annoying at first, but I’ve got used to them. Google has coined them ‘web clips’.

That said, I didn’t like most of the web clips that were being shown and quickly customized the selection of RSS feeds for my taste. Clicking on the ‘Spam’ folder is amusing as it pulls up a new recipe involving spam (yes, the other type). It’s nice to get the latest news and Slashdot headlines without surfing over to Slashdot every couple of hours now :-)

On the downside, GMail has become slooooower now, presumely as a result of downloading RSS content alongside regular e-mail content. I sure miss the early days of GMail when it was snappy.

Thankfully, you can shut off the web clip functionality if it distracts you too much :-)

RAZR sharp…

I’m referring to no other than the Motorola RAZR V3.

I’ve been waiting to grab the Motorola RAZR V3 for awhile now, but the price wasn’t quite right. Since my other phone, a Nokia 3220, was acting up and since my cell phone shop had no replacements, I had to acquire the RAZR V3 — perfect timing I guess.

I decided to go with the silver model instead of the black special edition model. I think it simply looks better in silver, especially with the keypad and all. One of my early annoyances is getting it out of the case it comes with and answering an incoming call on time.

Since the phone is fragile, and I don’t want to remove it from its case and quickly open it whenever there’s an incoming call.. I have two options. Option 1: buy a cheesy case that fits the RAZR V3 so that I don’t need to replace the existing Motorola OEM one, or Option 2: Go wireless with Bluetooth.

Which one would you choose? Hmm… yeah. :-) Being the tech savvy guy I am, I surf over to my friend, Mr. Ebay. I happen to find the recommended Motorola HS850 Bluetooth headset for a half-decent price, so I grab it. For the time being, I will have to torture myself with removing the phone from the case to answer and place calls, ever so carefully, or just leave it out of the case whenever possible.

– sleek, stylish and sharp
– thin form factor
– reasonably priced, if you can get it on special
– quad band, which is good if you travel
– ultra sharp display — the screen appears to be of better quality than my TFT monitor (not surprised)
– built-in Bluetooth
– the built-in camera is not crappy like 99% of the other phone cameras on the market
– nice selection of ring tones — very clear at 22 KHz, I might add
– intuitive menu system
– nice, thin lighted keypad
– excellent voice clarity
– very good reception

– No included USB cable and software? (Another purchase from Mr. Ebay)
– Price, when you can’t get it on special

That’s all for now. I can’t say too much yet. It’s only been Day 3 with the RAZR :)